A Movie Night in Paddington


London has always been a favourite backdrop for blockbuster films, whether that means shots of Big Ben or Buckingham Palace, the city adds an atmospheric air to any screenplay. But you don’t need to head to Trafalgar Square to feel like you’re in a Hollywood film; directors and film scouts have found the perfect place for that particular shot all over the capital.

Instead of going out to the cinema close to the hotels in Paddington London, you could do worse than going out armed with maps of how to get to your favourite onscreen locations in your favourite films!

Withnail and I

The film, about two unemployed actors who attempt to holiday together, has become a black comedy classic. Although the titular characters live in Camden, their flat is actually 57 Chepstow Place, in Bayswater. Try to avoid the police on the same road that Withnail is stopped on—Harrow Road in Paddington—while quoting your favourite classic lines with friends.

The Jason Bourne series

This film series is full of travel with characters regularly trying to escape detection in Berlin or the Middle East. However, one striking scene features characters chatting by the waters of 2 Praed Street, better known as Paddington Basin. Although the area now boasts paddleboarding, GoBoats, a floating garden, and kinetic bridges, you can still pretend to be mean and moody spies attempting a retrieval operation.

Paddington Bear

You can’t mention filming locations in Paddington without mentioning the bear himself! Paddington Bear is so named because he was found at Paddington Station, and if you’d like to track him down yourself you can see the bronze station of the little-lost bear sitting on a bench. He has a happy ending; the Brown family, who live in Little Venice, adopt him. There’s also the Paddington Shop nearby, so you can bring a souvenir back to your room at Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington.

Les Miserables

Surprisingly for a film set entirely in France, a lot of locations for the movie musical are to be found around Paddington. In the pivotal scene where Jean Valjean vows to become a better man, he’s not in a tiny church in France; he’s in St. Sepulchre’s Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Little Venice.

The Da Vinci Code

The book may have been derided, but the 2006 film was a blockbuster. Paddington features heavily in the film, using the amazing backdrop of the Regency Orsett Terrace to help tell the thrilling tale of murderous monks, codes, and secrets.

Love Actually

Since Love Actually is almost a love letter to the city itself, it’s no surprise that so much of it was shot on location in the capital. Whitley’s shopping centre just outside Paddington in Bayswater was picked for a starring shot, where the massive Christmas tree is being decorated. It’s not the first time that Whiteley’s has made itself ready for its closeup, either—Julia Roberts’ character, in the film Closer, uses the undercover gallery in order to hold an exhibition of her photographic work.